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Over the eons humans have sought protection from danger or harm. Whether labeled as magical or religious, we are all familiar with objects such as a four-leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot or the Egyptian scarab.

Different forms of the hand motif have been discovered in early Etruscan tombs dating back to 800 BCE. The particular configuration presented here shows the hand closed using the second and third fingers with the thumb and to hold the hand pointing downward with the first and fourth fingers extended, a form which is known in present day Italy.

Known as a “mano comuto” or horned hand, this is simply the finest example which The Three Graces has ever seen. Petite in size yet powerful in symbolism and in its beauty, the silver hand is lifelike and perfectly modeled. The hand itself is entirely paved with seventy-five (75) cabochons of natural turquoise. This feat in and of itself in such a small area is extraordinary. The hand is capped with an engraved cuff of silver and set with nine (9) petite rose cut diamonds. Please note that the tips of the extended fingers are also each set with a tiny diamond representing the fingernails! A round open bale at the top can be used to suspend from a chain or to attach the amulet to a fob or bracelet.

Date: Circa 1870.

Item 15594

Antique Turquoise Diamond Hand Pendant

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Measurements: 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length including bale by 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in width. Weight of 3.8 grams (2.5 dwt).

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: Italian.

Note: All gemstones and diamonds tested in our gemological laboratory. All metals are acid tested.

Story

Over the eons humans have sought protection from danger or harm. Whether labeled as magical or religious, we are all familiar with objects such as a four-leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot or the Egyptian scarab.

Different forms of the hand motif have been discovered in early Etruscan tombs dating back to 800 BCE. The particular configuration presented here shows the hand closed using the second and third fingers with the thumb and to hold the hand pointing downward with the first and fourth fingers extended, a form which is known in present day Italy.

Known as a “mano comuto” or horned hand, this is simply the finest example which The Three Graces has ever seen. Petite in size yet powerful in symbolism and in its beauty, the silver hand is lifelike and perfectly modeled. The hand itself is entirely paved with seventy-five (75) cabochons of natural turquoise. This feat in and of itself in such a small area is extraordinary. The hand is capped with an engraved cuff of silver and set with nine (9) petite rose cut diamonds. Please note that the tips of the extended fingers are also each set with a tiny diamond representing the fingernails! A round open bale at the top can be used to suspend from a chain or to attach the amulet to a fob or bracelet.

Date: Circa 1870.